See, when Kyle Reese jumps back to the 1984 timeline of the original film, a physical manifestation of Skynet attacks future John Connor and transforms him into a robot on a cellular level, meaning that the robot version of him is still technically him and not a copy ... Jesus Christ. With me so far? OK, so then Skynet sends Robot John Connor back to 2014 to ensure that Skynet is created and allowed to erase all humanity. His clearly stated mission is to protect Skynet at all costs.
Let's do a little time-traveling of our own, back to the scene in which Skynet decides to turn John Connor into its robot errand boy after choosing him from a room full of other people:
It was the riskiest move by a big blue orb since Zordon hired teenagers to defend the Universe.
Skynet then sent him back in time specifically to protect the creation of Skynet from anyone who would have the foresight to destroy it. In other words: Sarah Connor and Kyle Reese ... John Connor's future parents. Predictably, Robot Connor is 100 percent unable to kill these two bozos because he will cease to exist if he does, thus failing his mission. Robot Connor points out this conundrum in the film and is put in numerous situations where he tries to talk Sarah and Reese into joining him and letting Skynet turn them both into robots. Any other Terminator sent back by Skynet would've just blown them both away immediately and accomplished its mission.
So why, out of a room filled with people, did Skynet choose to mechanize the only person who would be physically incapable of destroying its enemies? For all they knew, Sarah and Kyle could have already boned back in 1984, and Robot John Connor would find himself in 2014 awkwardly squaring off against a 33-year-old version of himself that he would be equally unable to kill. Honestly, it's like they didn't even put any thought into this movie about an elderly robot from the future.
An eight-figure salary for this? I'd trollface too.
David thinks Terminator Genisys is the third-best Terminator movie ever. You can reach him on Twitter.
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